There was a time when you couldn't move for 7-inch netbook announcements, but the tide has gradually shifted to larger displays and high-definition capable chipsets. Hoping to reclaim some of the entry-level ground comes Fidelity Electronics with their VPC (Very Personal Computer), a back-to-basics machine with bare-minimum specs.
The Fidelity Electronics VPC has a 7-inch 800 x 480 WVGA display, WiFi b/g and just 2GB of internal storage. There's also a USB port, an SD card reader, ethernet port, built-in microphone and a headphone jack, together with 3-cell battery that, according to Fidelity, is good for 3hrs use. The press release doesn't make it entirely clear, but it looks as though the VPC has a mere 100MHz processor.
The whole thing measures 8.4 x 5.5 x 1 inch and tips the scales at 1.5lbs. It'll come preloaded with a browser, spreadsheet and word processor apps, a media player for movies, music and pictures, e-book reader, dictionary, calendar, PDF reader, email, IM client, calculator and file manager; the company is being coy about what OS the netbook uses.
It'll go on sale in the US come March 2009, priced at $199.99. That's cheap, but it's not as cheap as we've seen some systems go for, so Fidelity Electronics may have to discount the VPC a whole lot more if they're going to find any decent number of buyers.
FIDELITY ELECTRONICS INTRODUCES THE FIDELITY NETBOOK VPC (Very Personal Computer)
Very Portable, Very Functional, Very Affordable
TORONTO, CANADA (February 16, 2009) – Fidelity Electronics this week announced the launch of the VPC - Very Personal Computer: a fully preloaded, Wifi portable netbook computer at a very affordable price.
Very portable: The VPC weighs only 1.5lbs and measures just 8.4” x 5.5” x 1”
Very functional: The VPC has both wifi and ethernet connections and a full function keyboard to connect, work and play
Very affordable: All programs and applications are preloaded and ready to use.
“At a $199 SRP, the VPC is perfect for students and people on the go,” says Richard Kizner, Director of Marketing for Fidelity Electronics. “Preloaded programs include internet browser, spreadsheet, word processor, a media player for movies, music and pictures, e-book reader, dictionary, calendar, PDF reader, email, chat, calculator, file manager and much more. VPC comes with a full function keyboard, touchpad, 7” TFT display with 800 x 480 WVGA resolution, 802.11g Wifi, 100 MHz internet browser, 2 GB internal storage, 3 hour rechargeable battery, microphone and a headphone jack. It has onboard USB, SD and Ethernet ports that make the VPC an incredibly affordable yet versatile device,” he adds.
The VPC is expected to retail at $199.99 USD and should arrive in stores beginning March, 2009.
Fidelity Electronics Inc. is a leading provider of innovative personal electronics and consumer products including award winning Fidelity digital picture frames, digital memory and imaging accessories. Fidelity operates from Vaughan, Ontario; Buffalo, New York; Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China. For more information, visit Fidelity's website at www.fidelityelectronics.com.